I feel like we’ve been gone a thousand years, and yet, not long enough. We returned from our Route 66 adventure Sunday evening, and we promptly squeezed, smooshed and kissed every animal face in this house. We’ve been playing catch up with work, and at the same time, we’re diving right back into paint colors and rug samples. At the end of the day, we talk about our time away as though it was ages ago, although we were just dusting the desert sand off of our shoes last week.
Leading up to our travel, we lovingly referred to our cross-country drive as The Trip of a Lifetime; as it turns out, it really was. It’s hard to put into words (ha, watch me try!), but it was immensely fun, tiresome and invigorating all at once. There were long days of driving, of course, but those days mingled with afternoons in National Parks and evenings with no sense of time – or time zone, for that matter!
There’s a folder on my computer titled Route 66. Sunday evening, there were over 1,300 photo files in that folder, and by Tuesday, we had that narrowed down to 600. 600! Our 600 favorite photos! I knew from the start that I’d want to compile them into a personal album, but because we’ve always loved sharing our travels here, we whittled that number down way, way more. But before we begin, can I quickly tell you? For every new place we visit, we soak in your suggestions, and we consider them our own personal travel guide. Over the years, you all have recommended the most amazing bites for brunch, the place for the best pizza slice and the most adorable neighborhoods to get lost in. We’ve never met most you, and it still feels like we’re getting the inside scoop from a good friend. The internet is really wild when you think of it that way, and so we really want to say: thank you!
Okay, let’s go!
CHICAGO TO ST. LOUIS. Route 66 starts in downtown Chicago, and by no means is it the easiest way to get from point A to point B! Of course, it is the most adventurous, as the route will wind you through every small town from Chicago through the middle of America, and ultimately, into Los Angeles. We took advantage of this, and we stopped frequently – even if it was just for a cup of coffee or a quick photo. From our home city to St. Louis, we breezed through our state’s capital and seemingly deserted downtown strips, ultimately making our way to our friends’ Heather and Aaron’s firehouse. You guys, they literally live in a firehouse. We shopped, we ate, we drank. We were basically the merriest (and consistently full!). St. Louis favorites: Clementine’s ice cream, Cherokee Street swap meet, Still 630 whiskey tasting, the best guest room ever.
ST. LOUIS TO TULSA. We had originally planned to drive straight through to Oklahoma City from St. Louis, but after so many recommendations came from Tulsa, we made it a point to stop for an overnight! We knew nothing about Tulsa (other than the comically misconstrued city in which Chandler was transferred for work), but what a great town! There were countless restaurants we wish we had time (and room) for, but Tulsa, you’re beautiful. Tulsa favorites: brunch at Dilly Diner, Blue Dome neighborhood, Art Deco architecture.
TULSA TO OKLAHOMA CITY. The 3 hour drive from Tulsa to Oklahoma City led us through a field of abandoned oil tanks and the teeny, tiny strip of Depew with its crumbling building facades – which, by the way, were eerily intriguing. We were greeted by the bluest skies ever in OKC, and we couldn’t get over how clean the city is! We stayed with my cousin while in town (hi, Tony and Jennie!), and we were pointed in the direction of the Myriad Botanical Gardens, which, come on. So beautiful. OKC favorites: Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City Memorial (stunning), the food trucks, Automobile Alley.
Next up, we make our way towards Santa Fe!